Sunday, 25 December 2011
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Our Lord's Nativity is observed on December 25. The early Church Fathers made the birthdate of our Lord deliberately to coincide with and offset the pagan celebration of Saturnalia, that festive pagan day of celebration in which the sun crossed the imaginary line drawn on the later-day maps as the equator.
To the pagans it signified a rebirth of the sun, now returning to the north to assert its full power and bring on the spring season; but to the Christians it marked the birthday celebration of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who had created not only the sun, but all the other stars and planets of the universe.
On December 25 the Saviour was born, and God so loved the world He had created that He sacrificed his Son thirty-three short years later for the redemption of all mankind. The star that shone over Bethlehem to light the way for the Wise Men of the East still shines as an eternal beacon in the hearts of all those who have Jesus Christ in their hearts.
With festal wishes
The Parish Priest
The Church Committee
The Ladies of St. Agatha Sisterhood
The Hellenic College
St. Panteleimon Nursery
And our Community’s Youth
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
This is why we are gathered here tonight in order to celebrate Christmas, to sing carols, to chant hymns and to admire the awards-winning ladies’ choir Jubilate, with all those beautiful voices of the highly talented ladies, directed by their Musical Director Sarah Stroh, who had done all the hard work of preparation, but could not be with us tonight, due to a small health problem. We wish her speedy recovery. Wyn Highland, who will be the accompanist for tonight, will also play Sarah’s role. Many thanks to them both.
Reading through the web site of the Jubilate Choir I found with some pride that they have actually started their history from our area, Kingsbury. Then they progressed in becoming a large group, which has performed in many places and events, known for its high standard of performance, its varied repertoire, and its sense of fun.
I am sure you would allow me to offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to our dearest Helen Georgiades, as well as to her daughter Ninoska Leppard (a regular member of the Choir) who both had the original idea for tonight’s event.
Tea and coffee for the interval will be offered by Helen Georgiades and Lela Vazania, while the Choir is offering the traditional minced pies, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of all of us.
My dearest friends,
Let us wish that this Christmas will be filled with spiritual joy and happiness and the main gift that we shall all receive will be Jesus Christ himself, our Saviour and our Lord!
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Monday, 5th December: 6.00 pm Vespers
Tuesday, 6th December: 9.30 am Matins and Divine Liturgy
.....Feast of St. Nicholas
.....6.00 pm Supplicatory Canon to St. Panteleimon
.....6.30 pm Bible Study: “St. Panteleimon in Cologne - Germany”
Thursday, 8th December: 6.00 pm Vespers
Friday, 9th December: 9.30 am Matins & Divine Liturgy
.....Feast of the Conception of Mary the Virgin by St. Anna
Saturday, 10th December: 7.00 pm A Classic Choral Christmas with English and Greek Christmas Carols
Sunday, 11th December: 5.00 pm Vespers
.....6.00 pm Christmas Dinner at Sea Pebbles Restaurant
Monday, 12th December: 9.30 am Matins & Divine Liturgy
.....Feast of St. Spyridon
Tuesday, 13th December: 6.00 pm Supplicatory Canon to St. Paraskevi
.....6.30 pm Bible Study: “Prophecies foretelling the Birth of Jesus”
Wednesday, 14th December: 6.00 pm Nativity Play at St. Panteleimon Nursery
.....6.00 pm Vespers
Thursday, 15th December: 9.30 am Matins & Divine Liturgy
.....Feast of St. Eleftherios and St. Anthia
Friday, 16th December: 7.30 pm Christmas Festival at St. Panteleimon Hellenic College
Saturday, 17th December: 11.15 am Christmas Festival at St. Panteleimon Hellenic College
.....3.15 pm Christmas Festival at St. Panteleimon Hellenic College
Sunday, 18th December: Last Day of Memorial Services
.....1.00 pm Backgammon Competition organised by the Parents of St. Panteleimon Hellenic College
Tuesday, 20th December: 6.00 pm Supplicatory Canon to Virgin Mary
.....6.30 pm Bible Study: “The icon of the Nativity of our Lord”
Friday, 23rd December: 8.00 pm Christmas Vigil
.....Feast of St. Eugenia
Saturday, 24th December: 6.00 pm Great Vespers
Sunday, 25th December: 9.30 am Matins & Divine Liturgy
.....THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD & SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
Monday, 26th December: 6.00 pm Vespers
Tuesday, 27th December: 9.30 am Matins & Divine Liturgy
.....Feast of St. Stephen the Protomartyr
Saturday, 31st December: 8.00 pm New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance
Friday, 2 December 2011
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
Friday, 18 November 2011
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
The evening started with the singing of our beloved National Anthem, which all Greek participants happily sung.
Then we had food, drink and a lot of secular Greek singing, by both the musicians and the people, especially Mr. Savvas Kiriakidis.
Demetri Salapatas played very nicely a well known instrumental Greek musical piece to which some ladies danced.
The Rt. Hon. Barry Gardiner, MP for Brent North, offered his nice and gentle greeting. He always speaks eloquently. This year he included in his speech a wish for our beloved homeland Greece, which is at the moment in a serious financial crisis.
Monday, 14 November 2011
Archim. Theophanis Petrou represented His Eminence the Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and GB.
Dr. Panayiotis Procopiou and Dr. Serafim Kiriakidis welcomed everyone on behalf of the Community Council.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
..........Feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian
..........6.00 pm Supplicatory Canon to St. Panteleimon
..........6.30 pm Bible Study: “Paradise & hell according to the Orthodox Church”
Monday, 7th November: 6.00 pm Vespers
Tuesday, 8th November: 9.30 am Matins & Divine Liturgy
..........Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel & all the Heavenly Host
..........6.00 pm Vespers
..........6.30 pm Bible Study: “Orthodox Angelology”
Wednesday, 9th November: 9.30 am Matins & Divine Liturgy
..........Feast of St. Nectarius
Sunday, 13th November: 6.00 pm Annual Dinner & Dance
Tuesday, 15th November: 6.00 pm Supplicatory Canon to St. Paraskevi
..........6.30 pm Bible Study: “Blessed are the merciful”
Sunday, 20th November: 6.00 pm Vespers
Monday, 21st November: 9.30 am Matins & Divine Liturgy
..........Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple
Tuesday, 22nd November: 6.00 pm Supplicatory Canon to Virgin Mary
..........6.30 pm Bible Study: “Differences between Orthodox & R/Catholics [A’]”
Thursday, 24th November: 6.00 pm Vespers
Friday, 25th November: 9.30 am Matins & Divine Liturgy
..........Feast of St. Catherine
..........6.00 pm Vespers
Saturday, 26th November: 2.00 pm Divine Liturgy
..........Feast of St. Stylianus
Sunday, 27th November: 1.00 pm Annual General Meeting of the Community and St. Agatha Ladies Sisterhood
Tuesday, 29th November: 6.00 pm Vespers
..........6.30 pm Bible Study: “Differences between Orthodox & R/Catholics [B’]”
Wednesday, 30th November: 9.30 am Matins & Divine Liturgy
..........Feast of St. Andrew, the First - Called
Thursday, 20 October 2011
We usually invite 2-3 speakers who talk on a general theme of common interest.
Fr. Anastasios and Mr. Pantelis Demosthenous offered the Community’s greetings.
His Grace Bishop Gregorios of Mesaoria (Church of Cyprus) was the first speaker.
He talked on: “The pastoral work of the Church in Education and especially in the time of modern technology and internet”.
Dr. Serafim Kiriakidis was on the chair of the Symposium.